Parents' Guide to

The Newsroom

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Newsy drama targets adults; some drinking, mature themes.

TV HBO Drama 2012
The Newsroom Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Another politically savvy, richly written Aaron Sorkin hit!

Great Aaron Sorkin script and some great acting. This is for teens or more mature young teens. The conflict in the story is the team at the news room trying to stay true to their values of real reporting, and how that is continually challenged by management and the deteriorating environment in news reporting, including public expectations and consumption of pop news. The story is a morality play on ethics and staying true to what you believe in even when it is hard...when what you believe in is right. Great themes for discussing with your teen. In addition, real news stories are embedded in the storyline, adding to the opportunity to put news events in context with political and social trends and how these events effect the counry, politics and individual views.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (6 ):

The Newsroom makes it known through ever-present monologues that it's tackling worthy and weighty issues, like whether "good television" and "the news" are mutually exclusive or whether journalists should have an opinion. But instead of answering those questions with nuance and intelligence, it gives us impassioned but ultimately hollow speeches and one-dimensional characters who are frustratingly chatty.

Of course, those elements are precisely what series creator Aaron Sorkin -- a critically acclaimed writer who won an Oscar for The Social Network script and multiple Emmys for his work on The West Wing -- is known for, and they usually work like a charm. But with the Sorkin magic missing from The Newsroom on multiple fronts, it makes for a show that's better in theory than in practice.

TV Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate